White at last – as far as the eyes can see
As the winter mist slowly lifts, rays of sunshine fall on ice-crystal-covered trees, transforming the garden into a dazzling still life. Hoar frost is a rare occurrence and can only form with a relative humidity of over 90 percent combined with a temperature some degrees below zero. In these conditions, small droplets of moisture are turned into the frost flowers that spread across the window panes of garden sheds.
A stroll in the quiet of winter will reveal how completely a garden designer has mastered his craft. The cold months expose the structure of a garden, its space now clearly defined by hedges high or low, by a solitary tree or shrub, perhaps an evergreen buxus globe, and by well-chosen plant support structures. Free-standing trellises, obelisks and metal rose arches, which in summer play a supporting role behind a profusion of colourful climbing plants, now take centre stage during the cold season. What a delightful metamorphosis that winter and frost bring about! In the botanical gardens in Steinfurt, Westphalia, Klaus Krohme has captured the magic of nature on camera as the white ice has melted away from the Kiftsgate and Brighton Rose Arches and the Charleston Rose Pillar.